Blessings of the Animals: Celebrating Our Kindship with All Creation

Blessings of the Animals: Celebrating Our Kindship with All Creation

by Gary Kowalski


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Come into the Cathedral of the Earth to worship and to…

Discover what happens when a visionary artist travels to Africa to bury the portraits of 23 primates who died in a Philadelphia zoo.

Ponder how cultures as diverse as the Cherokee, Chinese, Egyptians, and ancient Hindus identified the night's brightest star with a canine spirit guide.

Explore how meditation practice helps a Buddhist beekeeper fend off a disease that threatens most of the world's honeybees.

These true stories and many more will make you laugh, weep, and marvel at the amazing creatures who share our planet, from the earthworm to the elephant, all in Blessings of the Animals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590564097
Publisher: Lantern Books NY
Publication date: 11/28/2012
Pages: 150
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Reverend Gary Kowalski, a graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Divinity School, is author of The Souls of Animals and other books on spirituality, nature, history, and science. He has served congregations in Vermont, New Mexico, Washington, and Massachusetts. Visit his website at

Table of Contents

A Parable: The Creation of Pets ix

1 Blessing of the Animals 1

2 Saints Alive 9

3 Promises to Keep 17

4 Go to the Ant 25

5 Re-Membering the Primates 33

6 Space Dogs 43

7 The Contradictions of Compassion 51

8 The Animals' Christmas 57

9 Canine Philosophy 63

10 Hatching Miracles 69

11 Charming Worms 75

12 A Sense of Wonder 83

13 The River Flows On 89

14 Metamorphoses 95

15 Bee Here Now 101

16 All My Relations 109

17 Peaceable Kingdom 115

18 Signs and Wonders 121

19 The Biggest, Baddest Show on Earth 129

20 The State of Bliss 137

Bibliography 145

Resources for Celebrating Our Kinship with All Creation 147

Acknowledgments 149

About the Author 151

About the Publisher 153

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